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Used revolvers becoming more available?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by Nathanael_Greene, Mar 4, 2013.

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  1. Nathanael_Greene

    Nathanael_Greene Member

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    I keep hearing that people are trading in revolvers to buy newer, semi-auto pistols and rifles. Is anyone seeing that happen? Are the used gun cases filling up with stuff that us revolver-lovers will drool over?
     
  2. returningfire

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    Everything has dried up here except the C&R handguns.
     
  3. Stormin.40

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    No seems almost everyone is buying and few are selling. I like you thought the same thing, figured some would trade in nice old revolvers to overpay for a AR15 or high capacity magazine semiauto pistol but it just doesn't seem to be the case.

    I was lucky and recently picked up an almost new S&W 357 revolver, I said I would take it about 1 hour after it went into the case, 2 people called for it while I was filling out the paperwork. It is still crazy maybe in a year or so things will settle and people will start to sell their "extras"
     
  4. nelsonal

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    I don't believe it extended to used cases at the shops, but in January it sure seemed like there were more revolvers than usual on the local trade pages (arms list and a Virgnia focused one). Most were looking to swap for a semi. I picked up a Virginian Dragoon that appears to be almost new.
     
  5. critter

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    That is what is happening here. I'm sorry enough to take advantage of the situation. I bought a really nice S&W model 10 5", a S&W model 19 shooter AND a S&W 28-2 4" in immaculate shape. Prices on them were (I considered) quite good as folks wanted $ for the new, fancy, whizbang apples of their eye.
     
  6. jon86

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    I'm not seeing more revolvers locally or on gunbroker. Quite the opposite actually. It is difficult to find anything, and what you can find will cost substantially more than half a year ago. Look at SP101's on gunbroker, for example. $750? I may as well save up for a 1911.
     
  7. hAkron

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    I have been loading up on revolvers! Seems to be drying up a bit, but I've managed to snag a couple of S&W 66's, a 19, a 15, a K22, a Dan Wesson 715, and I can't remember what else....all since December.

    Edit -

    I remember that I forgot to list a Dan Wesson 15-2, and a new 642 I bought.

    Keep in mind I spend most of my free time looking for deals on the types of guns I collect, so that could account for some of the deals I've gotten lately.
     
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  8. JVaughn

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    I haven't seen any deals on anything in the last 3 months or so.
     
  9. ColtPythonElite

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    I see very few vintage Smiths and even fewer Colts for sale. The ones I see certainly aren't bargain basement priced. Even a run 'o the mill used Ruger is priced at or above new MSRP.
     
  10. Old Dog

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    I see the occasional evidence that a few folks are letting go of those antiquated revolving-cylinder handguns in favor of high-capacity bottom-feeders ... and I was hoping that there would be a rush on autoloaders and a glut of older revolvers, but I'm not seeing it. I scour the gunshops and pawnshops for older S&W and Colt revolvers, but, not being retired, don't have the time to hit them every day. I have scored a couple nice S&W Model 10s, 15s and 19s lately (still looking for more 12s, 66s and 29s), but up here (PNW) it's just not happenin' ...
     
  11. Tinman357

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    Old dog, I'm with you. Been hoping for a 3" mod 65 round butt. Found one but he was real proud of it. You ain't a boater are you?
     
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    I've been seeing a lot more Colts and Dan Wessons than usual. Prices are terrible, though.

    There's probably going to be some deals to be had after they don't sell for a few months, though.
     
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    Haven't seen any evidence of that.
    Nothing around in the cases of any persuasion.
     
  14. highpower

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    It seems that there were more available just before the madness started. Between September of '12 and January of '13 , I was able to pick up at very reasonable prices the following guns:

    4" M29
    6 1/2" M629-4
    6 1/2" M29-2
    8 3/8" M57.

    I haven't seen a "deal" since, unless you count the (not a revolver) NIB Springfield XD-9 w/extras I picked up for five bills.
     
  15. RUT

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    >>I'm not seeing more revolvers locally or on gunbroker. Quite the opposite actually.<<

    I agree with this statement... if anything, I'm seeing less revolvers being available.
     
  16. Zeke/PA

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    At my local FFL, a relatively small shop, EVERYTHING handgun oriented is in short supply as in Autos, Revolvers and ammo!
     
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    In the last eight month, or so, I've picked up several revolvers based on folks trading them in for autoloaders.

    The prices have been reasonable, although not screaming deals. My 4" nickel Python was $1400, with the box, but the Model 27-2, with a 5" barrel, was a steal at just over $500. A Colt Trooper .357, 4" nickel, came in at $380, and a 4" nickel Model 29, came in at $500. The last two were estate sale catches, and the first two from a LGS who specializes more in "plastic fantastics".

    Deals are there, but not so plentiful.
     
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    Revolver prices have risen dramatically in the last few years. New and used. Almost double what they were just 7 years ago. Even before the current craze.

    I haven't been looking at prices for anything since the current craze started.
     
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    I'm not seeing any great bargains on anything. Even C&R stuff seems to have gone up. Mosin Nagant rifles are over $100. Alot of people are getting them because it is still possible to obtain ammuntion for decent prices.
     
  20. silicosys4

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    mmhmm, I had the same thoughts...now that everything semi-auto is in high demand, perhaps people would be letting their wheelguns go for cheap....
    No such luck. I've seen about a 10%-20% increase in prices on revolvers as well, and they are being snapped up as quick as the semi auto's, from what i've seen.
     
  21. MagnunJoe

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    I love 38 special revolvers, specially older S&W and Colt mods from the 70's, 80', and early 90's. U can have all the striker-fired plastic, composite, teniffer semis, Give me the hammer- fired all steel American classics.
     
  22. wally247

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    I've bought two, a new one and a used one. I had to hunt to find them though.
     
  23. Driftwood Johnson

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    Howdy

    Not in this neck of the woods. The shelves are pretty empty of just about everything. But sometimes you can get lucky anyway. Last week I found this lovely little 22/32 Heavy Frame Target model sitting all by its lonesome in an almost empty showcase. Made in 1923. Ya just have to keep looking.

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  24. KC&97TA

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    I'm seeing allot of model 10's, scooped up 2 snubs last month under $400.

    Seeing allot of .32 revolvers? I've actually talked to my local smith about rebarrel / cylinder as they seem dirt cheap?

    Seen a few 22lr S&W's 17, 18, 617 and a snub pop up on Armslist, seem to sell quickly. I'm looking for a 18 or 617 as my next purchase.

    Eye balling a 65, 66, 13-3 3" and a few others, to include a Dick Special... trying to resist any more purchases for a few more months.

    One guy commented at the LGS, that he was selling his .357 S&W as he couldn't find ammo for it, I don't know if he was jokeing but was looking for $1500 on a 4", I didn't bother to ask a model number at that price.

    I think the revolver market is slightly effected, but no where near the price gougeing of the Glock, M&P, XD - high capacity pistol market.

    Seeing quite a few more Colt revolvers, prices are "Colt". Not seeing many Ruger Revolvers.
     
  25. Sebastian the Ibis

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    Buds was selling police trade in .38 revolvers up until about 6 months ago.

    Since this craziness, it seems like listings for anything non black and tactical have dried up completely. Listings for overpriced ARs have increased tremendously.
     
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